Classic Physique talent Bryan Jones is ready to battle with the big boys of the Men’s Open division. In a recent Muscular Development interview, Jones revealed he’s closing in on his anticipated move to the Open class and hopes to compete at next year’s 2024 Arnold Classic.
With exceptional definition, balanced proportions, and stellar quads, Bryan Jones has already proven himself against some of the world’s best. As a pro bodybuilder, he garnered hype quickly after finding success at the 2019 Ultimate Warriors Pro show where he placed fourth.
In 2020, Jones registered the best season of his IFBB Pro League career after earning gold at the Chicago Pro. This victory earned him an invite to the prestigious Mr. Olympia contest. Similar to Open star Nick Walker, Jones finished his first Olympia show in fifth place, a promising sign of his career’s trajectory. During the event, Jones stood against four-time Classic Physique Olympia Chris Bumstead, two-time winner Breon Ansley, and two-time Arnold Classic titleholder Terrence Ruffin.
Jones’ last pair of contests came in 2021 as he took fifth at the Arnold Classic and ninth in his sophomore Olympia appearance. Jones’ move to the Open class has been in the works for quite some time. He excited fans last March after making it clear he planned to switch divisions. At the time, he was weighing 244 pounds, though it appears now, Jones intends to add even more muscle before his big Open debut.
Bryan Jones Talks Comeback to Men’s Open in 2024, Growing Physique to 270 Lbs & Training Style/Diet
Looking ahead, Jones wants to make a ‘big statement’ when he tests his talents in the Open division next year.
“Yeah, I just want to make a big statement so I was like, I have to take as much time as I need. I don’t want to get on stage just to get on stage, you know? High volume, yeah, high volume, high intensity – yeah. Things of that nature. Very short rest breaks and whatnot, a lot of drop sets. Yeah, traditional bro split.”
“It’s gaining muscle – it’s easy for me but it just takes me longer to gain weight. I have a problem gaining weight. People think I’m bigger than what I am but for some reason my calories are high and for some reason, I don’t really gain too much weight really. Yeah, I stay lean no matter what. My fats are really high, but for some reason, my body doesn’t want to get fat so we’re trying to make me spill over a little bit, things of that nature,” said Bryan Jones.
As far as nutrition goes, Jones said he consumes cheat meals four times a week and struggles to gain weight. In the months to come, Jones says he wants to weigh 265-270 pounds.
“My meal plan, I have like three or four cheat meals a week,” said Jones. “I was in Classic, so I’m going to do Open now. This is a different ball game, you know, so maybe I don’t know yet… it’s hard to tell, I haven’t done a show as an Open competitor yet.”
“My off-seasons… I really couldn’t grow too much, I was really just maintaining for the off-season. Then my last two shows, we kind of grew, we kind of sucked up and we grew some. Then I was like oh shit, I can barely make weight. Exactly, now I’m barely making weight. I can’t do this for another 5-10 years.”
“I said 270, but we go by the eye test, it could be smaller, this could be the weight right here, no need to get any bigger you know. But yeah, 265-270 [pounds],” said Jones. “I’m back. I’m back.”
When asked by Ron Harris when he planned to step on stage, Bryan said the following:
“Most likely early 2024 most likely, Yeah [at the Arnold Classic]” said Jones. “My back, my hamstrings, I need to get the calves up a little, that’s really it. Hammies need some work still, I still haven’t figured that part out. I’m getting better. My back always [needs improvements].”
According to Jones, the criteria for judging physiques at bodybuilding shows hasn’t changed. Simply put, he believes the best physiques are being awarded at shows.
“It makes me excited and also too, I don’t know if that’s the actual direction they are looking at [at Olympia] I just think those guys are at the top of their game right now.”
“It’s no trend. Bodybuilding judges remain the same, it doesn’t change. They’re not looking for a specific waist size or anything of that nature, it’s whoever comes in that day, who peaks better, does everything better, it just so happens that the guys with better aesthetics for the past couple big show.”
“Just I could say the physiques have evolved but as far as judging-wise, it’s been the same. It’s been consistent for the most part. Trends… no, not really. I really haven’t seen any trends where like I have to look like this in order to win you know what I’m saying? It’s just the same criteria.”
Following the last Olympia and 2023 Arnold Classic, judging and scoring contests have become a hot-button issue. Fans online have debated whether or not former champ, Mamdouh ‘Big Ramy’ Elssbiay was unfairly overlooked on the Olympia stage.
Meanwhile, fans and some bodybuilding veterans took issue with Samson Dauda winning the Arnold Classic. Athletes rep Bob Cicherillo, on the other hand, believes the judges got it right in Vegas and in Columbus, Ohio. He has taken to various Voice of Bodybuilding Podcasts to lay out how to accurately score a bodybuilding contest to enlighten misled followers of the sport.
Given Bryan Jones’ experience at the highest level, when he does make his Men’s Open debut, fans expect something big. Aiming to tip the scales at 270 pounds, Jones’ transformation from Classic Physique to Open will make for an exciting storyline in 2024.